This is a very floriferous water avens with pendant, pink to coppery orange flowers which are slightly flared. The stems are dark red-brown. Long flowering.
Suitable for bog gardens, edge of ponds, mixed borders.
Geums have long been cultivated, Our native wood avens, Geum urbanum, being a stalwart of medieval herbalists.
The name of the Genus 'Geum' derives from the Greek 'geno' = to yield a pleasant odour or alternatively from the Greek 'geyo' = to stimulate. This refers to the pleasant clove-like aroma that comes from the freshly dug up roots of wood avens. As a result of this, roots were used to flavour Ausburg Ale and to make cordials against the plague.
Common name(s): Water Avens
Image courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society.